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Old 06-12-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Buying Walkie Talkies for use at the campsite. Lots to choose from, so I figured I'd ask here. What brand/model of Walkie Talkie do you like, and more importantly, which ones do you hate?
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:23 AM   #2
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I have a $5 pair of garage sale Motorola T289 and a pair of Uniden TR640-2 from a gift catalog some years back. I don't really love or hate anything about them other than unsecured transmissions. Or I simply use my cell phone...it's always on my person and works wherever we camp.
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I just have a couple old Motorolas that I used to use for work. Bought them out of a "blue light special" bin of some sort or another about a million years ago. They don't have the range of the newer ones, and as far as security goes, I don't know why anyone would want to hear the conversations between DW and I, though they do get colorful at times. Sensitive conversations are for face-to-face, I won't even have them on a cell phone anymore...
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I read on one review you may need an FCC license to use? Please tell me this is not true.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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I read on one review you may need an FCC license to use? Please tell me this is not true.
Do you really think the radio police will hunt you down and prosecute you if you don't? There isn't enough money to police the streets let alone track down and charge folks for misusing $20 radios. The gubment's already got their hands too deep in my pockets...I'm not giving them any more.
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I have a set of Cobra's I bought to take to an Army field exercise several years ago. The one the thing I hate about them is an annoying 3 note chirp they make when the transmit button is released. I give one of the walkies to my kids when they go play at the CG so we can communicate when they are away from the TT. Not all the CGs we have been to have the greatest cell coverage and the walkies come in handy. Check Amazon for some actual customer reviews.
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Mine are xtra talk by Midland. They have been a good product for us for the last 4 or 5 years. We use them to park the trailer and when I am out on my Kayak and within a few miles of the trailer I can, if need be, get in contact with the wife.
I have never seen the radio police.
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I read on one review you may need an FCC license to use? Please tell me this is not true.
That doens't sound right..here is more on the FCC's page. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/personal-r...-keeping-touch
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Do you really think the radio police will hunt you down and prosecute you if you don't? ...I'm not giving them any more.
I had no intention of actually getting a license. I just like to be aware of the fact that I'm breaking the law on the occasions that I do.
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If you go to a state/national park it seems like everyone has one and is on the same channel. We used some in a 24 hour mountain bike race a few times but found cell phones are more reliable and less hassle.

They always beep from interference/truckers others on the same channel, better off without them.
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